Jul 26, 2011 5:00am EDT
as legal. ceremonies were held from manhattan to nighing a ray falls. >> last-minute captures on the big day. same-sex couples sweltering in the heat. >> with the celebration comes spending. it's thought same-sex marriages will boost the country by $3 million over the next three years. a handful of states have legalized same-sex marriage and new york is the one that will draw in the crowds. a destination in its own right. -- in its own rite. >> mark mattias had his cupcakes at the ready. his customers in this predominantly gay area of manhattan are now planning their weddings. >> roughly 50% of our business is weddings and we're expecting a big boost in revenue due to same-sex couples's weddings. >> the federal government here doesn't recognize these weddings. >> if one of us should pass away, the other cannot get social security and with regard to finances and taxes, we're not just treated the same as a heterosexual coup. >> whatever the picture at the national level, new york is welcoming same-sex couples with open arms, and after years of waiting, newlyweds are ready to throw the ulti
Jul 29, 2011 7:00am EDT
for weeks and weeks and weeks over big proposals to cut $4 trillion in spending and remake the way america collects taxes. mr. boehner fell pressure from consumer lives -- boehner felt pressure from consumerconservats and walked away. he did get involved. now he is kind of out of the room and is a mere spectator, as you indicated. >> at the end of the day, it looks like the debt ceiling will be raised. it has happened three times during the obama administration. >> yes, this is a strange fight for american lawmakers. in the past, the debt ceiling was raised routinely on the backs of other pieces of legislation. the so-called tea party republicans, who were elected as the referendum against obama and the democrats', said they would never raise the debt ceiling. that's the problem mr. boehner is facing. they have had months to get their troops ready for this. they are close. there's only a handful of votes away -- they are only a handful of votes away. the people elected in 2010 were elected on the single platform of not raising the debt ceiling. it has been an uphill battle for mr. boehner.
Jul 25, 2011 6:00pm PDT
. and right now we've got a government so big and so expensive it's zapping the drive out of our people and keeping our country from running at full capacity. the solution to this crisis is not complicated. if you're spending more money than you're taking in, you need to spend less of it. there is no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. when it gets gripped and we liberate our economy and our future. we're up to the task. and i hope president obama will join us in this work. god bless you and your family, and god bless the united states of america. >> the house of representatives speaker there, john boehner, saying it's significant cuts and reforms that are needed to help the u.s. economy. and this is not debates or differences between congress and the white house but is more about american people and the future they seek for themselves and their families. let's return to mark who has been listening to that. sorry to interrupt you earlier but we wanted to hear what john boehner was saying and almost at times was replicating the tone of president obama there. >> yes. th
Jul 26, 2011 12:30am PDT
. >> last-minute catches on the big day. for hundreds of same-sex couples queuing up in the sweltering manhattan he, this was a moment to treasure. with the celebration comes spending. it has been estimated that same- sex weddings will boost the york's economy by half -- by $300 million in the next three years. the handful of states that have legalized same-sex marriage, new york has -- is the one that will draw in the crowds. it is a destination in its own right. mark has his cupcake at the ready. his customers in this predominantly gay area of manhattan are now planning their wet beans. >> roughly 50% of our business is wedding cakes. we are anticipating probably a 30% leap in revenue from a wedding cakes alone. >> same-sex weddings will generate cash for your, but for the couples who just got married here, financial equality is some way off. the federal government does not recognize these weddings. >> if one of us should pass away before the other, when it eventually happens, one cannot get the others social security. and with regard to finances and taxes and so on, we are not treat